Since returning from their 2014 European tour Big John Bates and Brandy Bones have been soaking up the rare Vancouver sunshine by day and spending their midnight hours writing for the upcoming full-length LP – from the Bestiary to the Leathering Room. And the Bates band has grown into a more melodic and powerful entity with cello, bowed upright bass and guitar creating a lush atmosphere powered by JT Massacre’s epic percussion . If you want a hint of what it will sound like then download BJB’s version of “Missionary Man” above.

Bates’ most recent release was the limited edition 7″ Black Timber Bitter Root mixed by David Carswell (Teagan & Sara, New Pornographers). You can find the Headless Fowl Digital LP on Bandcamp and iTunes while the 12″ EP and Battered Bones 12″ LP are still available. BJB is currently scheduling Fall 2014 dates with White Cowbell Oklahoma in North America and a Spring 2015 headlining tour across Europe.

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The list of artists Big John Bates has performed and toured with includes Murder by Death, Andre Williams, the Blasters, the Supersuckers, the Belrays, th’ Legendary Shack Shakers, Dex Romweber, Koko Taylor,  Solomon Burke, Slim Cessna and many more. They have won accolades at festivals like Ink & Iron Festival (US), Ribs & Blues (NE), Big Time Out (CA), Shambhala (CA), Stemwede (DE), Halifax Pop Explosion, (CA), Canadian Music Week (CA), Sjock Festival (BE). And with music and interviews featured on A&E; Discovery Channel; Arctic Air as well as in movies and TV shows in Germany, France, Canada and USA. 

“Headless Fowl is extremely cool” – Jello Biafra

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